First Wednesday Luncheon: Dr. Jonathan Mercantini on Washington's Crossing for the 21st Century
Dec
5
11:45 AM11:45

First Wednesday Luncheon: Dr. Jonathan Mercantini on Washington's Crossing for the 21st Century

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, The Historical Society will be presenting a talk on December 5, 2018. The speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Mercantini on the topic of Washington’s Crossing for the 21st Century. The event will begin at 11:45 AM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield. Registration is required.

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First Wednesday Luncheon: Meg Wastie on The History of Crossword Puzzles
Jan
2
11:45 AM11:45

First Wednesday Luncheon: Meg Wastie on The History of Crossword Puzzles

The First Wednesday Luncheon of the Westfield Historical Society will be held on January 2, 2018 at the Echo Lake Country Club beginning with registration at 11:45 am. The January luncheon will feature a talk by Meg Wastie, Program Consultant for the Westfield Historical Society, on the topic of the History of Crossword Puzzles. Registration is required.

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Tea at The Reeve: Edwardian Tea to be Held at Westfield's Reeve House
Feb
6
12:00 PM12:00

Tea at The Reeve: Edwardian Tea to be Held at Westfield's Reeve House

  • Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Wednesday, February 6, the historic Reeve House, home to the Westfield Historical Society, will be transformed into an Edwardian Tea House.  Last year's tea was so successful, it will become an annual event. Enjoy a British tea as the Edwardians would have in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Experience the “Downton Abbey” way of life as you sip your tea while eating scrumptious scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam; accompanied by a variety of delicious finger sandwiches with decadent desserts to follow.

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First Wednesday Luncheon: The Federal Redistricting System - What Every Voter Should Know
Mar
6
11:45 AM11:45

First Wednesday Luncheon: The Federal Redistricting System - What Every Voter Should Know

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, The Historical Society will be presenting a talk on March 6, 2019. The speaker will be Dr. John Lesher on the topic of Federal Redistricting - What Every Voter Should Know. The event will begin at 11:45 AM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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Annual Spring Assembly
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Annual Spring Assembly

The Spring Assembly, an annual gathering of the historical groups of Westfield will be held on April 11, 2019 beginning at 7:30 PM at the meeting hall of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. This year’s program will be announced. 

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First Wednesday Luncheon: Peter Goggi on the topic of Tea & Health
Nov
7
11:45 AM11:45

First Wednesday Luncheon: Peter Goggi on the topic of Tea & Health

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Peter Goggi will be presenting a talk on November 7, 2018. The topic of his talk will be Tea & Health. The event will begin at 11:45 AM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield. Registration is required.

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AddamsFest:  Paranormal Investigations of the Reeve House
Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

AddamsFest: Paranormal Investigations of the Reeve House

  • Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

​Are there ghosts in Westfield? The 1872 Historic Reeve House was occupied for more than 100 years before the Reeve brothers gave the house to the Town of Westfield with the intention for it to become the Westfield Historical Society's home and museum. Many of the former inhabitants are known to have passed away inside the Reeve House.  Are any of their spirits still residing there? Come to AddamsFest to find out! Space is limited. Registration is required

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AddamsFest: Charles Addams Walking Tour - SOLD OUT
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

AddamsFest: Charles Addams Walking Tour - SOLD OUT

  • The Presbyterian Church of Westfield Cemetery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join local architect Greg Blasi on a walking tour past Charles Addams’ home, his favorite haunts, and the house said to have inspired his Addams Family creations. 

​Tickets are $5 for Westfield Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Space is limited, so register soon. Please visit the Charles Addams Tour link at the top of this page to register.

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Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House

  • Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Westfield Historical Society invites visitors to the Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House at the Reeve House on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from 12:00-5:00pm. Admission is free during this weekend but donations are always welcome.

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First Wednesday Luncheon: Nancy Humphrey of the Genealogical Society of The West Fields.
Oct
3
11:45 AM11:45

First Wednesday Luncheon: Nancy Humphrey of the Genealogical Society of The West Fields.

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Nancy Humphrey of the Genealogical Society of the West Fields will be presenting a talk on The Boys of '17: Westfield's WWI Lost Soldiers, on October 3, 2018. The event will begin at 11:45 AM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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AppleFest 2018
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

AppleFest 2018

  • The Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Westfield Historical Society AppleFest committee has been working hard to prepare the 10th annual Applefest, which will be held on Saturday, September 29th, from noon-4:00 PM on the grounds of the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center. A rain date of Sunday, September 30th is planned.

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COLLECTOR APPLE FEST POSTERS FOR SALE
Sep
21
to Oct 20

COLLECTOR APPLE FEST POSTERS FOR SALE

  • The Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Take Home Another Slice of Apple Fest! All the beautiful Apple Fest posters are for sale. So, the poster/s you’ve admired over the past 10 years can be yours. You can purchase 1, several or the entire collection. Each 11x17 inch poster is $10 each, or $50 for the entire collection. Contact: karriehanson@mac.com to place your order.

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First Wednesday Luncheon: Prof. John Rossi speaking on Cuba:  Magical, Vibrant & Passionate
Sep
5
11:45 AM11:45

First Wednesday Luncheon: Prof. John Rossi speaking on Cuba: Magical, Vibrant & Passionate

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Professor John Rossi will be presenting a talk on September 5, 2018.  His topic will be Cuba:  Magical, Vibrant & Passionate . The event will begin at 11:45 AM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Just About Summer 2 - An Afternoon of Music & Dance
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Just About Summer 2 - An Afternoon of Music & Dance

  • The Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Joining forces with the popular local band The Fine Line, dancers from the Westfield-based Fred Astaire Studio as well as from the Westfield YMCA Dance Academy tap class will show off their talents. Refreshments will be offered free of charge and there will also be baked goods available for sale.

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High Tea at The Reeve: Edwardian High Tea to be Held at Westfield's Reeve House
Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

High Tea at The Reeve: Edwardian High Tea to be Held at Westfield's Reeve House

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series Mr. Jim Hewitt will present a talk on the moral education at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The event will begin at 12PM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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Weekend Speakers' Series: The Preservation of the T. Thomas Fortune House
Jan
21
2:30 PM14:30

Weekend Speakers' Series: The Preservation of the T. Thomas Fortune House

Gilda Rogers and Roger Mumford will visit the Westfield Historical Society to tell the amazing story of how a group of determined Red Bank citizens and a generous developer preserved the T. Thomas Fortune house, a national historic landmark devoted to African-American heritage. Their presentation, “From Failure to Fortune: The Battle to Save and Develop a National Historic Landmark,” is part of the Westfield Historical Society’s Weekend Speakers Series. The talk will take place on Sunday, January 21st at 2:30 p.m. at the Reeve House in Westfield, New Jersey.

The Thomas Fortune House is one of the most historically significant properties in the United States. It is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in New Jersey that is significant because of its role in African American History. The stately 1870s house was home to T. Thomas Fortune, an activist newspaper editor and crusader for social justice, from 1901-1915. There are only 57 National Historic Landmarks in New Jersey, and only around 2,500 in the entire United States.

Ms. Rogers, a journalist, teacher, historian and playwright who lives in Red Bank was instrumental in forming a group of concerned citizens who fought to preserve the home. Mr. Mumford, a homebuilder, played an equally vital role in this historic preservation project. He worked closely with the Red Bank zoning board to find a creative solution. Mumford’s solution, which was approved by the Red Bank zoning board, was to restore and donate the home as a cultural center and also create 31 apartments on its one-acre property. The painstaking renovation of the T. Thomas Fortune House is currently underway, and the cultural center is expected to open in the spring of 2018.

Space is limited and prior registration is required so to make a reservation kindly email westfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call 908-654-1794. There is a suggested donation of $5 to help offset costs and to support the Society.

For more information about the Westfield Historical Society and the Reeve House, which is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ visit http://westfieldhistoricalsociety.org

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Westfield Historical Society to Offer Cursive Penmanship Course
Jan
13
to Mar 10

Westfield Historical Society to Offer Cursive Penmanship Course

Did you know that most students no longer learn the skill of cursive penmanship? This means that historians in the future may not be able to read historic documents or even personal letters from generations back.  As a service to the community, the Westfield Historical Society is sponsoring a penmanship course to help ensure that this important skill does not disappear.  
The course will begin on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and run for eight sessions.  It will be held at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. Classes will be from 9-10 AM with a maximum of 8 students.  Anyone in third grade and above is welcome.  There is a $40 fee per student for the course.
Retired teacher Mrs. Susan McClelland, who taught cursive penmanship for over twenty years, will provide the instruction.  Mrs. McClelland will teach the Zaner-Bloser method and each student completing the course will receive a signed certificate.  
Research has shown that students who learn cursive writing may process information better.  And in an age of screens, penmanship can provide a tactile and creative outlet activity with a beautiful result.  
To register, please call The Westfield Historical Society at 908-654-1794 or contact westfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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Westfield Downtown Walking Tours
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

Westfield Downtown Walking Tours

Learn more about Westfield's past and present through some of its most notable buildings and landmarks. Take some time to look at the 1911 firehouse, built in the Spanish architectural style, find out what Greek muse is atop the World War I obelisk in Memorial Plaza, and gaze for a moment at our beautiful historic architecture.

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First Wednesday Luncheon: Preserving the Great Lawn in Rahway River Park
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

First Wednesday Luncheon: Preserving the Great Lawn in Rahway River Park

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series Mr. Scott J. Aruta will present a talk on the Great Lawn in Rahway River Park on November 1st, 2017. The event will begin at 12PM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House

Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Reeve House, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield NJ

The Westfield Historical Society invites visitors to the Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House at the Reeve House on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Special exhibits include a video from the 1920s narrated by Carolyn Holt showing a “Day the Circus Came to Westfield”. The video, filmed by the narrator’s family when she was a child, features circus performers and animals disembarking from the train in Westfield and marching in a parade down Broad Street.

Another special exhibit will show information on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Virginia Apgar who was raised in Westfield and is a Westfield Historical Society Hall of Fame member. Dr. Apgar is renowned for establishing the method known as the Apgar Score, used by hospitals worldwide, to assess the condition of newborn babies. Virginia Apgar’s trading card will be distributed throughout the weekend to visitors who are collecting Union County’s History Trading Cards. Passports will also be stamped for those visitors traveling from site to site.

The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Tours of the historic Victorian era Reeve House will be given throughout the weekend.

 

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First Wednesday Luncheon: A Failed Russian Revolution: The Battleship Potemkin Mutiny of 1905
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

First Wednesday Luncheon: A Failed Russian Revolution: The Battleship Potemkin Mutiny of 1905

As part of the The Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Professor John Rossi will be speaking on the history of building ships and lighthouses on September 6th, 2017. The event will begin at 12PM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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First Wednesday Luncheon: The History of Building Ships and Lighthouses
Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

First Wednesday Luncheon: The History of Building Ships and Lighthouses

As part of the The Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Professor John Rossi will be speaking on the history of building ships and lighthouses on September 6th, 2017. The event will begin at 12PM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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